Marlborough Arms in Cirencester calls on spooky experts

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Something spooky in the cellar...Ally Neill and Ben Corfield at the Marlborough Arms in Cirencester Something spooky in the cellar...Ally Neill and Ben Corfield at the Marlborough Arms in Cirencester

STAFF at a Cirencester bar have been dealing with a different kind of spirit and are now calling in paranormal experts to investigate.

Since taking over The Marlborough in Cirencester, manager Ben Corfield and his staff have experienced all manner of ghostly goings-on.

They are convinced the place is haunted and are bringing in a team of ghostbusters to rid the old building of any evil spirits. Chef Ally Neal said: "Glasses have jumped from shelves and when I’m upstairs in the kitchen I can hear footsteps coming up the stairwell but when I look nobody is there.

"I often feel like there is somebody at the kitchen door and when I look round there is nothing but sometimes I think I see a shadow."

The team are appealing for any local information on the history of the old pub in Sheep Street before the investigators arrive in the next couple of weeks.

Manager Mr Corfield said: "I am very sceptical about things like this. There is still work to be done on the bar but I’m not doing it in there on my own."

"Glasses have jumped from shelves and when I’m upstairs in the kitchen I can hear footsteps coming up the stairwell but when I look nobody is there."

Chef Ally Neal

• FLOATING orbs, sudden temperature changes and TVs mysteriously switching on and off have dumbfounded staff at a North Cotswolds pub.

Staff at Moreton's Pub and Restaurant say at Salford Hill the strange occurances have happpened ever since a car smashed through the front of the premises on December 13.

Manager David Hayto has now called in a team from the Ghostfinder Paranormal Society who will spend a night at the pub next month to investigate. The eam will record things that go bump in the night as well as changes in the electro-magnetic field.

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3:48pm Wed 21 Jan 09

fidget says...

That's one way of getting people to come into your pub, and get a free Ad. There's a pub on the Stow road somewhere that got in first. it must be catching!!!!!!!!! Over the years of useing the Marlbrough I have known at least 4 landlords who had no problems, but then they did have trade. Nice try but it won't with the locals, try doing cheap beer that might get them in.!!!!
That's one way of getting people to come into your pub, and get a free Ad. There's a pub on the Stow road somewhere that got in first. it must be catching!!!!!!!!! Over the years of useing the Marlbrough I have known at least 4 landlords who had no problems, but then they did have trade. Nice try but it won't with the locals, try doing cheap beer that might get them in.!!!! fidget

9:49pm Thu 22 Jan 09

KarynaForty says...


If this is a stunt explain the decisions to postpone numerous events and Mr Corfields reservations to open to the public. I know him and the staff and as he is an ex rugby player Im sure he isnt afraid of much! Vive la France
If this is a stunt explain the decisions to postpone numerous events and Mr Corfields reservations to open to the public. I know him and the staff and as he is an ex rugby player Im sure he isnt afraid of much! Vive la France KarynaForty

3:37pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Tom Straight says...


I knew there was something there sometime ago. I used to frequent the place. It proves there is life after death meaning the bar was dead and now it has some life to it! Good luck to Mr Corfield and his team. Perhaps one of the Standard hacks should spend the night there to confirm if there is an entity in occupation.
I knew there was something there sometime ago. I used to frequent the place. It proves there is life after death meaning the bar was dead and now it has some life to it! Good luck to Mr Corfield and his team. Perhaps one of the Standard hacks should spend the night there to confirm if there is an entity in occupation. Tom Straight

6:36pm Fri 23 Jan 09

Dielze says...

I lived in the Marlborough 1970 - 72 - my parents were licencees. There is a presence there - we used to call it George. The dog was scared stiff of the top floor and would not go into one of the bedrooms. I've seen shadowy shapes, figures etc, but I don't think it's malevolent.
I lived in the Marlborough 1970 - 72 - my parents were licencees. There is a presence there - we used to call it George. The dog was scared stiff of the top floor and would not go into one of the bedrooms. I've seen shadowy shapes, figures etc, but I don't think it's malevolent. Dielze
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